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How Many Sports Have You Played?


P1232652During the past two-plus years, my focus has been CrossFit. While I’d recommend CrossFit to anyone and everyone, I don’t feel it’s necessary to suggest that it’s the best or only way. Everyone has their own passion and that’s what’s most important.

In fact, my own interests have continued to evolve over the years. When I started CrossFit, I’d been doing jujitsu for years. Before that, I loved basketball. Prior to that, I trained for marathon running.

Looking back, I began to think about all the different sports I’d tried. I wondered, ‘How many sports had I played?’. While some had become passions and others quickly abandoned, I smiled at the memory of playing each game.

Note: My definition and application for qualifying something as a ‘sport’ is purely for entertainment purposes.

Sports that I’ve played:

  • Basketball
  • Nerf basketball - In my experience, it can be more physical than the standard version and includes bank shots off the ceiling
  • Pool basketball - Includes attempted drowning of your opponent as a standard strategy
  • Horse
  • Baseball
  • Slow-pitch softball
  • Fast-pitch - In this variation, standing in the batter’s box is scarier than you might think
  • Wiffleball - One of my all-time favorites - I have a good screwball
  • Parachuting - Death defying and awesome
  • Jarts - Just death defying and now illegal
  • Horseshoes
  • Cornhole - Clearly the ‘sport’ with the worst name
  • Yoga
  • Hot yoga
  • Step-up - Yes, I tried it
  • Spinning
  • Badminton - Although the ‘birdie’ always got stuck in the racquet
  • Tennis
  • Racquetball - With far too much running and diving in my version
  • Handball - I always felt like I’d left my racquet at home
  • Ping pong - Played in a basement near a blazing wood stove for added danger and complexity
  • Football
  • Touch football - A hugely underrated sport
  • Flag football
  • Volleyball - I played a bit too intensely at Friday night beer matches
  • Billiards
  • Darts
  • Arm wrestling
  • Wrestling
  • Frisbee
  • Hacky-sack - With Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and old school Aerosmith
  • Jiu-jitsu - I was continually choked
  • Jujitsu - I earned a black belt
  • Judo - My injuries included a broken big toe and a separated shoulder
  • Running - Including a couple marathons
  • Jogging - believe me, it’s different than running
  • Biking
  • Hiking - Most often with a faithful dog along for the trek
  • Soccer
  • Indoor soccer - Different from soccer due to the boards and ricochets
  • Swimming
  • Diving
  • Body surfing - With a few sand/face collisions
  • Kayaking - Mostly on lakes an salt ponds)
  • Canoeing - Almost drown doing this
  • Tubing
  • Twister - Sort of like free-form yoga
  • Tag, hide & seek, snowball fights, cooties, giant steps, hopscotch, marbles and other youthful competitions
  • Musical chairs - Which I played again only a few weeks ago
  • Ten-Pin bowling
  • Duckpin bowling
  • Candle-Pin bowling - Were you can really fling the smaller ball
  • Lawn bowling
  • Jump rope
  • Roller skating
  • Roller derby - The street version
  • Skating board
  • Shuffleboard
  • Bocce
  • Ice skating
  • Hockey
  • Street Hockey
  • Dodgeball - The reason for my concussion history
  • Skiing
  • Sledding
  • Tobogganing - Including a broken wrist from hitting a tree
  • Snow boarding - Although I spent most of the time falling on my butt
  • Rock climbing
  • Horse riding - Considering this a sport since I was hanging on for dear life most of the time
  • Golf
  • Miniature golf - Easily more fun than regular golf
  • Go-cart racing
  • Kickball  - My favorite sport until, in the fifth grade,  I learned about girls

 

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